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4 steps to consolidating your file transfer infrastructure

1. Inventory. A thorough audit of your current file transfer landscape is the first step to successfully architecting a consolidated solution. What connections exist and what file transfer technologies do they use? Why are they there? What else are they connected to, and what are the interdependencies?

2. Define. Make sure you fully understand the business impact of making changes to established file transfer connections and flows. Can it be measured in dollars (like a transaction) or some other KPI? Can you consolidate flows to improve decision support?

3. Engage. Involving your customers and partners in the process and addressing their concerns up front is critical. Some might jump at the chance to leverage a file transfer methodology that offers more security and visibility, while others may be skeptical or technically unable to support a new connection on their end.

4. Architect. Whether your requirements are simple or complex, you will maximize value and minimize risk if you architect a consolidated file transfer solution that is:

  • ƒPolicy-driven — Robust policy management will allow you to use technology to protect your business.
  • ƒModular — You shouldn’t have to buy functionality you don’t need now, but you should be able to acquire and integrate it easily when and if you do.
  • ƒTransparent — Ensure a level of visibility that enables you to track, report, and present data movement events generated from all applications and platforms, not just one vendor’s offerings.
  • ƒEnd-to-end — Be sure you can control the flow of a file or message from the point of production to the point of consumption, whether it stays inside your firewall or travels along your entire supply or value chain.
  • ƒOpen and standards-based — Create a forward-compatible solution that can support all types of current and future transaction types and data exchanges between systems, businesses, and people.
  • ƒReliable — Demand performance and availability features that support doing business the way you, your customers, and your partners do — 24 x 7 x 365.
  • Flexible — Choose a solution that is available in the delivery vehicle that best suits your needs, whether it’s on-premise software or appliance, managed for you in the cloud, or virtualized.

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Is your integration vendor developing products designed to meet your strategic integration and governance requirements, or theirs?

If your vendor has announced a dramatic shift in direction, such as 100% outsourcing to the cloud, you could a) be pressured to adopt an integration paradigm that benefits your vendor, but doesn’t work for your business or meet your particular regulatory/governance requirements; and/or b) get stuck with an outdated integration product that languishes on your vendor’s R&D back burner. And if you hit a scalability wall, then what?

Either way, when your vendor stops actively investing in solutions that address your top concerns and future requirements, you do not have the agile foundation you need in order to:

  • Adapt to changes in technologies, standards, and government regulations. Your integration and governance product may seem comprehensive and secure now, but can it keep up with the ever-evolving technologies, standards, and regulations that impact your business ecosystem? For example, how does your current vendor handle API, mobile, cloud, and other evolving integration and governance technology requirements?
  • Modernize, consolidate, and scale your integration and governance infrastructure. Will your environment be able to keep pace with changing business conditions, new data paths like mobile and BYOD, and exponential growth of data volumes as your business continues to evolve and expand over the next 5-10 years? The last thing you need is to be close to maximum capacity and then have to rely on a sluggish vendor to move fast enough to handle expected — let alone unexpected — spikes in data volume. The bottom line is that if your vendor can’t scale quickly — or at all — then they aren’t set up to support the continued growth and success of your business.

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